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SmartBear Receives Highest Score for API Creation and Design from Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Full Life Cycle API Management

The Critical Capabilities for Full Life Cycle API Management Report from Gartner Defines and Scores Vendors for Various Critical Capabilities and Use Cases Required for Full Life Cycle API Management
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — August 08, 2018 —

SmartBear, the leader in software quality tools for teams, received the highest score for API design and creation critical capability among 22 vendors in Critical Capabilities for Full Life Cycle API Management[1] published by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. This report further validates the powerful capabilities of SmartBear-sponsored Swagger tools for API design and development.   


APIs are allowing companies to thrive in today’s connected age by enabling connectivity and interoperability between applications and platforms. APIs are also opening new avenues for strategic growth and revenue for organizations by providing customers with easier and more flexible access to information. To satisfy various consumer needs and create strategic value through APIs in an increasingly competitive ecosystem, organizations must approach their API strategy with the end consumer in mind, which is where API design becomes a crucial forcing function to build quality, consumable APIs. The design of the API ensures internal stakeholders know exactly how to build the API and makes for consistent developer experience while consuming the API. The OpenAPI Specification has emerged as the world’s standard for designing RESTful API interfaces, and OpenAPI definitions can help automate many API lifecycle processes, including creating interactive, consumer friendly documentation, prototyping client SDKs, and generating test cases.  

SmartBear is the provider of popular Swagger tools, including SwaggerHubSwagger Editor, and Swagger Inspector, which are powerful, yet easy-to-use solutions for designing API interfaces using the OpenAPI Specification across a wide variety of use cases. SwaggerHub enables teams to design, document, and discover REST APIs as a team while allowing organizations to maintain consistency and discipline across their API workflow. The popular open source Swagger Editor allows individuals to quickly get started with designing their REST APIs from scratch. Swagger Inspector allows users to easily and instantly generate OpenAPI definitions from existing API infrastructure and their associated endpoints.  

“SwaggerHub has brought a lot of structure and centralization of our API design and integrations,” said Travis Koenig, VP of Mobile Development at RealPage. “The platform enables us to execute on projects in ways that were previously not possible, allowing our many teams across the lifecycle to execute more in parallel and speed up our development timelines.” 

SmartBear provides some of the most popular API lifecycle tools in the API market, including Swagger, SoapUI ProServiceV Pro, and AlertSite. These tools are tightly integrated with each other and leading source control, CI/CD, and API gateways, allowing for easy collaboration and reuse across the entire API lifecycle.  

“We are all excited that Gartner recognized Smartbear’s leadership in changing how API’s are designed and built.”  said Christian Wright, EVP and GM, API Business at SmartBear.  “API’s are the currency of the future and like all currencies they need to be easily portable and readily accepted. By supporting the Open API Standard with our Open Source and Commercial Swagger family of products, we provide teams the tools required to transform their API design and development processes-- improving accuracy, reducing cycle times and ensuring adoption.”

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[1] Gartner Critical Capabilities for Full Life Cycle API Management, Mark O'Neill, Paolo Malinverno, May 1, 2018. 

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